Still, the Braves have a good rotation, and we faced Hudson, Lowe, and Kawakami, who have been very good pitchers before. And we scored 13 runs total, 5 runs in the first and 6 runs in the third game, so the offense did very nicely against good pitchers (though it wasn't Hudson we scored on, it was their bullpen).
In any case, the Giants can't help it if they are given some lucky breaks. The key is that they are taking advantage of those breaks and winning, whereas before they might have lost the games anyway. And Friday's come from behind win after the 8th matches all of 2009, where they only did it once all season. Plus, until Sunday, they had been doing it without Sandoval being the big power hitter he is. And now they are 5-1.
Got the matchups from Schulman. As I noted before, I think the Giants should win the series.
Game 1: Ohlendorf vs. Zito
Ross Ohlendorf had a great breakout year in 2009 with the Pirates. He was stuck with the Yankees and the trade to the Pirates gave him the opportunity to start and he took it and ran with it, with a nice 3.92 ERA. He did that with a 5.6 K/9, which only worked because he had a K/BB of 2.06. Still, a BABIP of .269 suggests that he was very lucky with his balls in play, with a likely regression to .300, unless he is one of those crafty pitchers able to get away with that, which are very rare, and so the best assumption for now is that he will regress. In addition, he was like Ishikawa last year, great numbers at home but terrible on the road (2.64 vs. 5.56 ERA).
Meanwhile, Zito has done better each year in AT&T, rising to a 3.92 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and K/BB of 2.81 in 2009, both very good for him, and heck good for any pitcher. His velocity sounded like it was still there in spring and he was great in his appearance against the Astros, throwing a DOM start. We should win this game.